A PUBLIC-PRIVATE COLLABORATION led by a passionate team of partners is winning accolades and providing a beautiful entryway into the Weinland Park neighborhood just southeast of The Ohio State University. In May 2014, The Columbus Foundation announced a $2 million low-interest loan to help support the restoration and renovation of a collection of vacant buildings, now known as Grant Commons.
When Lauren Culley and husband Jeff Excell decided to start a café and bakery in Columbus, they wanted something close to Clintonville, the Short North and Grandview Heights. But they also wanted to avoid setting up along the High Street spine of the city’s urban neighborhoods north of Downtown.
Remediation work continues at Grandview Crossing, the nearly 40-acre former landfill site near the intersection of Dublin Road and Grandview Avenue. Wagenbrenner Development partner Joe Williams recently told Columbus Underground that a range of uses are still on the table for the site – although the increasing interest in urban acreage from big box retailers would definitely be a factor in its development.
Wagenbrenner Development is hosting a party on Sunday to show off the completed model home in their Grant Park development. The project, which first broke ground late last year, marks the first foray into new market-rate housing for the developer in Weinland Park. The plan is to eventually build 41 single family houses on the former Columbus Coated Fabric site along North Grant Avenue, north of East Fifth Avenue.
When Michelle Hill started to run the St. James Tavern in 1996, Italian Village was a much different neighborhood. “Almost every house on Detroit (Avenue) was boarded up or burnt down,” Hill said. All Ohio Masonry was a few doors down from her place; nearby, an auto-body shop. “It was industrial-ish or nothing,” Hill said. “As far as residential goes, there was hardly anyone living there.”
The noise and construction work at the corner of Dublin Road and Grandview Avenue is getting a lot of attention. Many people first noticed the trees getting chopped down, and then the giant mountain of dirt that showed up. The site used to be an unregulated landfill back in the 1950s and 60s. Wagenbrenner Development was awarded a $3 million grant from EPA's Clean Ohio fund to work at the site.
It’s no secret that Columbus has been courting the Stone Brewing Company for their $31 million brewery expansion project. The popular California-based craft brewery operation has grown rapidly since launching in 1996, and is currently the 10th largest craft brewery in the US. With that growth comes the need to expand to the other side of the country, and local leaders want Stone to call Columbus its new home away from home.
Wagenbrenner Development has presented to the Italian Village Commission for the latest addition to their Jeffrey Park development – two buildings at the corner of North Fourth Street and First Avenue that will house a community center and 13 townhomes. The community center will feature an outdoor pool and a community room, as well as space for offices, a gym and a neighborhood bar. Also in the plans is a space along the sidewalk on First Avenue reserved for a potential CoGo Bike Share station.
Market-rate housing on the old Columbus Coated Fabrics site is not the only residential project Wagenbrenner Development Inc. has in the works. The Columbus developer plans to get started on the renovation and restoration of a line of 23 row houses on East 11th Ave. in Weinland Park into 90 apartments after the recent completion of financing for the historic structures.
Last week I wrote about Equity Inc. adding 15,500 square feet of retail next to its Eastglen medical office park, and now I hear more retail is coming to East Broad Street and Brice Road. Gregg Gallas confirmed that he and Gallas Zadeh Development LLC partner Jason Zadeh will co-develop a 20,925-square-foot retail property with Tom Brigdon of Northstar Realty across the street from Eastglen at the northeast intersection of East Broad and Brice.